Simulation-Based Empathetic Communication Curriculum

This is a 1.5-hour empathy curriculum designed for four to five resident participants at a time and includes a simulation scenario followed by a debriefing session, a didactic session, and a role-playing exercise.

The residents are the patient in a simulated scenario where they experience preparations to undergo an urgent cesarean delivery. The simulation experience includes being rushed to the operating room (OR) by an obstetrician and anesthesiologist, the consent process, undergoing a medical history and physical exam, responding to questions and commands imposed by the health care team, hemodynamic monitor application, preparatory OR work, and witnessing emergency team dynamics